Unsurprisingly Edward Snowden recently revealed to the world that the NSA is tracking cryptocurrency users including Bitcoin. What makes it worse, but also not surprising is that they tricked users to install security software they wrote that actually feeds all of their private data, cryptokeys, back to the NSA directly. It is soon going to be an absolutely necessity to increase your own security and to start using better, more secure coins that cannot be so easily tracked. This is the equivalent of the government following you around and poking around your wallet and watching each transaction you do even with cash. There’s no privacy anymore and ironically cryptocurrency is part of this reason, or shall we say at least, the majority of insecure, public, permissionless blockchain based currencies. This could send the value of currencies like XMR/Monero skyrocketing as a Bitcoin alternative. While Monero is in my opinion better in almost everyway to Bitcoin, it is still not the perfect coin as it does have some issues including the use of PoW and of course the whole public, permissionless issue, speed issues etc..